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technology can fix the budget, revive the american dream, and establish obama's legacy." the co-authors are former fcc officials, reed hundt and blair levin. thank you for being on "the communicators." how can technology to ask the budget and help us over the fiscal cliff? >> that is the subtitle. it is a bit of a mouthful. the fundamental idea is that if you spend time in silicon valley, if you spend time in detroit where the automobile industry is being rebuilt, if you spend time outside of the beltway, you will see that america has the ability to generate abundance or the world. if you only spent time inside the beltway, it looks like a zero sum game, lose-lose. what we have tried to say in the book is -- what are the lessons of the technology set her? -- sector? how can they give us ideas that we can pass into law in washington, d.c. bank? >-- d.c.? >> you talk about two different platforms. >> you can look at areas where they can absorb a lot of capital and were government has appropriate levers. the two that we are really focused on is what we call the power platform, the
war in american history, over ten years time, are coming home. i gave president obama credit because he had the guts to do the right thing. president obama did the right thing for american security and american troops. >> it is to wish that they would have never gone this far and would have to give him credit. when you look at the fact that the numbers behind the afghanistan war is astounding. they are 11.3 years, the cost of the war, $557.3 billion. dead, 2,174, wounded, 17,674 and, still, 66,000 troops there today to start getting out of this early makes financial sense and it saves american lives. >> yes, that whole argument around cost was the argument that candidate obama made around the iraq war. here, we face a situation where you listed the costs there in treasure. that budget is about $600 billion a year in looking at his insulation of hagel. they are going to have to preside over a foreign policy that is much different over these last decades. in some ways, i think, the republican doctrine of foreign policy which is about this bush doctrine. there's a lot of disagreement, e
the door. an historic stamp that president obama is putting on american foreign policy. joining me now is former congressman pat murphy, democrat from pennsylvania. he is the first iraq war veteran collected to congress, and political reporter for "the washington post." first, let me thank you both for being here tonight. >> thank you. >> congressman, you have been long for pullout as i have, even a disagreement with the administration we should have never extended it. what is your reaction to the president's announcement of speeding up the withdrawal of u.s. troops? >> reverend, today is a great day for the troops. american troops, but also for our country. because today is very significant. the fact that the president has been very clear, we're not accelerating the fact that we're bringing our troops home. thank goodness, we are shifting from a counter-insurgent doctrine to a counter terrorist doctrine. they did their job, they took out osama bin laden, gave afghanistan a chance to stand up for their people. the longest war in american history, about ten years old. it is time to brin
, but the battle really is not lost. the american government, the obama administration's trying to do what it can to stabilize things, but it's lost a lot of influence with iraq with the departure of american forces, one thing the american forces did give the united states was more clout inside iraq. >> talk about the release of a man accused of killing american soldiers, this issue that you write about in your book, the end game, but also news that came out in november about the relief of ali musa; is that correct? >> guest: yeah. well, there's a number of events that i think worked against american interests in iraq, and the case you cite is one of them. he is not an iraqi. he's a lebanese-hezbollah operative who was sent into iraq at the best of the iranian's cud force because hezbollah is supported by iran for the purposes of training shiite militias fighting american troops. he was captured by leaders in a raid conducted by the brits in which there was an american presence held in detention by the united states, but then under the status of forces agreement, he was handed over to the iraqis.
's a problem for him. the drone program, it's popular. it's popular with the americans, it's president obama's significant national security program -- sitting national security program. the polls show the american public supports this program. gwen: one of the things that comes out of this conversation with karzai at the white house is the echoes of iraq. pulling out is so much harder than going in. so is there any fear, any concern as they begin to come up with a plan for withdrawal in a year, leaving behind residual forces, whatever, that they might get stuck? >> sure, when you hear karzai talk about, we're not going to necessarily give immunity to american soldiers, something that we put status of forces agreement front and center all over the world, that's the same thing that the iraq negotiations broke down over and it's a clear red line. the good news is, they're starting much earlier. in iraq, they're really starting the last few months, for domestic approximately reasons, both sides felt difficult to say the things that needed to be said, to ensure continued american presence so the
's legacy will loom large over the obama administration and the american economy for years to come. starting with his role as head of the new york federal reserve, he was pivotal is the rescue regime and the ugly glory. he's been a lightning rod for criticism and apparent unwillingness to hold wall street accountable for the financial crash. those choices have reprecushions to day for the millions of workers and borrowers. he rescued the giant aig was is appreciate fwhad company that aig is airing commercials thanking american people for their generous assistance. >> we're a leading global company in america. >> we paid every dollar america lent to us. >> everything plus a profit of more than $22 billion. >> for the american people. >> thank you, america. >> not everyone at aig, however, is to grateful. the company's former chairman hank greenberg is suing the federal government for making the terms of the bailout too restrictive. aig considered joining a lawsuit this week before declining. the suit and aig's resurgence after the rescue engineered by geithner are a reminder that we're all li
. >>> president obama today told the american people the 11-year long afghanistan war is winding down. >> in the coming months, i'll announce the next phase of the draw-down and by the end of next year, america's war in afghanistan will be over. >> so this statement comes the day after the president met with afghan president, the hamid karzca karzai in d.c. we are going to speak to our correspondent. she will be leaving us shortly, it's great to have you here face to face so we can talk more about this. so, when we look at what president karzai and president obama's meeting meant, what does it mean going forward for those american military families that are looking for a drawdown and to know specificing about what 2014 means? >> i think what it means is we will see the american troops slowly leaving afghanistan. right now we do not know how many will be left behind after the combat mission officially ends at the end of 2014. right now they are still trying to figure out how many troops will be left behind to continue to counterterrorism effort that will still be in afghanistan after 2
protesters stormed the compound, scaling the walls and burning the american flag. president obama had to personally phone egyptian president morsi to get the egyptian military and police finally to stop the assault and protect the american staff. security is very tight at the embassy now. come on over here, you can see -- we can walk over. you can see the barricades outside the embassy, and if you take a look right behind the barricades you can see the american flag flying on the u.s. embassy grounds. it is a huge complex over there, one of the largest u.s. embassies in the world. and you can see more barricades over here, where only what -- half a block or so from tahrir square. we're heading over there right now. i went back to tahrir square with cnn's ian lee, who is based in cairo and covered the revolution. >> about 60 yards, 70 yards, you have the american embassy this way. >> reporter: there were folks still living in tents, but no traffic. give you a little tour of tahrir square, we're going to walk around, we can see the tents. there are folks still here. but this is a lot di
.s. and nato troops, some 45 attacks last year, killing 35 americans. but president obama said today that by this spring, u.s. forces will no longer be taking the lead in 90% of afghanistan. a quicker transition than had been planned. that will be the beginning of the end to a war that has cost more than 2,000 american lives. the white house says one reason to push for a quicker drawdown in afghanistan is cost. even now we are spending $5 billion a month, that is $167 million every day in afghanistan. today, the president said the war he once called a necessity has been worth it. >> at the end of this conflict, we are going to be able to say that the sacrifices that were made by those men and women in uniform has brought about the goal that we sought. >> reporter: by the end of next year the white house hopes to go from those 66,000 troops now in afghanistan to fewer than 10,000. and diane, they are even considering a so-called zero option which would be taking all u.s. troops out of afghanistan by the end of next year just as they did in iraq. >> all right. jonathan karl reporting f
the american mission formally ends in afghanistan in 2014. here is president obama. >> afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country. by the end of next year, 2014, the transition will be complete. afghans will have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to a responsible end. >> jamie: and more live from washington, hi, molly. >> reporter: hi, jamie, part of that responsible end according to some republicans is making sure that the u.s. prevents al-qaeda from moving back into afghanistan. >> i think all americans want our troops home, but the important part what you've got to remember is to keep our troops still there safe. when you reduce your numbers to a level like 10,000 or less you've got to make sure your mission is complete, it's coordinated with the afghan authorities and we don't leave a vacuum there, that can be filled by terrorists. >> president obama seen hamid karzai he'll explain to the american people in coming months, what the footprint will look like in afghanistan in 2014. he's concentrating on bringing home most american troo
brunette. out front, who is calling the shots, president obama or hamid karzai? obama's mixed messages as to when american troops might come home from the country's longest war in afghanistan raised more questions. here is what president obama said today after meeting with karzai in washington? >> we have already reduced our presence in afghanistan is to roughly 66,000 u.s. troops. our pledge will continue to bring our forces home at a steady pace and in the coming months, i'll announce the next phase of our drawdown, a responsible drawdown that protects the gains our troops have made. >> in the coming months, the decisions on troops is months away. let's just rewind one month. here is what defense secretary, leon panetta, said then. >> the size of that enduring presence is something that the president is going to be considering over these next few weeks. >> next few weeks, not months. he said that over a month ago. speaking about the troop count decision, secretary panetta told reporters, my hope is that we will be able to can complete this process in the next few weeks. two months ag
ago barack obama got into trouble when he said some americans cling to their guns. what we're seeing now is that he was right. maybe he didn't say it the right way, but we are. whether it's 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, they cling to their guns. they buy the fearmongering and the nra, rush limbaugh, and, more importantly, the gun manufacturers are all preying on these people and trying to get them all whipped up -- >> the safest bet in american life, the safest bet in american life, more safe than, i have to tell you, than savings bonds or tea bonds, the safest bet is that we will have as many guns or more 20 or 30 years from now as we have now. that is the safest, surest bet in american life, and it's sad. anybody who bets against that is wasting our time and should go see a doctor. >> this a moment where there's a chance, there is a greater chance now than there has been in the last ten years -- >> the magazine capacities will be limited. >> maybe. but, chris, even increasing the social opprobrium against mass gun ownership, it drives the people further to the fringe, drives them underground,
cults for wealthy americans ultimately president obama signed an extension of the tax cuts for all taxpayers. now, four months later, the president and congressional leaders cut a budget deal that cut $38 billion in federal spending for the year. that agreement, if you recall, came less than two hours before the government would have shut down. in august of the same year, the white house and congress were in the same position they're in now, bumping up against that debt ceiling. that provision of the deal created the fiscal mess which we have still not solved. and congress closed out 2011 with the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits two days before christmas. he had another massive fight on a relatively modest stopgap measure that both sides had largely agreed on. of course i don't need to remind you about the fiscal cliff fight we just got done with. congress could not come to an agreement even as massive spending cuts and tax hikes were scheduled to take effect. but congress still hasn't had enough. three more fights looming. if the debt ceiling is isn't raised by mid-febru
? >> petty -- i think you have a couple things. obama is one of 17 american presidents to re-elected to a second term. if the reality what has happened so far. that reelection hasn't given him a lot of influence or power. whether the debt ceiling, gun control, fiscal cliff, his first nominee for secretary of state susan rice, republicans are here to remind him that they are significant opposition, number one. number two, their own foreign policy, they are trying to figure out a way in the wake of bush 43 to identify a foreign policy muscular foreign policy that is different than the democrats. i think a lot of this is feeding the controversy. >> gregg: fair enough. you also debunk the argument that hagel is not qualified. in doing so in part you are siding with some derision. another pentagon chief who was well qualified, does judgment trump experience? >> it's a fascinating point. don rumsfeld is one of the most brilliant people that i've ever met. there is no question about it. if you look at the first george w. bush administration and you look at the policies on iraq, you
to the campaign manager of the obama campaign, asking them how with the next four years, given that the american people, if they vote for president obama for another four years, will basically be voting against obstructionism and the republicans will get the message and they will be towards the center. >> i can't see that happening. >> you know, that is their talking point. >> are you anymore optimistic when it was they that governor romney one on november 6. that there is some deal he office. >> no, i am not. it is that is what you meant specifically on governor romney and i i'm what is it about three weeks ago or so. i interviewed a number of people and particularly the more conservative of republicans who say this is a great moment for them if mitt romney wins. a moment for them to legislate aggressively driven agenda. my question is what if that is not so the would've romney decides that that is not how he wishes to govern. that it is in the mode of him being the governor of massachusetts. and one of the stars featured in my book said we have been pretty calm us far. if present nominee doesn
administration by the department of transportation in 2009 by president barack obama. he has over see the disbursement throughout the country through the american reinvestment act and has done so meeting every milestone established by that act. getting money into hands of transit operators whose budgets were severely strained by the worse economic downturn since our great depression. please welcome fta administrator peter rogof. [applause] >> well thank you mayor lee and let me just say as the federal transit administrator it's great to be in a federal transit city. as many people know a rail connection was promised to the people of union square and chinatown going on two decades. they made that promise because this quarter is the most densely populated quarter in the entire western united states that doesn't have an adequate rail connection and that promise was made because we have the opportunity here to cut the commute for tens of thousands of people everyday in half by this investment. the vast majority of the people don't own a car. they depend on transit. well today through p
to the american people. >> doesn't president obama deserve his agenda to be debated on the senate floor? he has won two elections. >> yes. >> a landslide in the electoral college. wins by four million votes in the popular vote. i mean, wouldn't harry reid be of sorts abdicating his responsibilities if he didn't change the rules? >> i don't think this is harry reid. i think he'll do the right thing and try to change. the problem is there will be some democrats who don't agree with him there is no point having democrats in the senate if nay don't act like democrats. >> what do you know about mccain and levin getting together to introduce a rival filibuster reform? it's not the same thing. some say it's a gift to republicans. do you agree? >> i don't know. let's see what it looks like. all i know is the talking part is really important. we've got to have transparency. we've got to find out exactly who it is that is obstructing what the american people want to do. first of all. and second of all, it has to be fair. i understand that we shouldn't get rid of the filibuster entirely, because the const
. >> when president obama spoke that night there were still 50,000 u.s. troops in iraq and 50,000 americans stayed in iraq for another 14 months until everyone left the following december. december 2011. when the mission changed from a combat mission to the trained advised mission then it wasn't operation iraqi freedom. it was the way that war came to an end an that's why it was worth interrupting wipeout and the other 8:00 p.m. programming. that's why it was worth flying out to baghdad to be there for that historic ending as the combat mission ended. that's what happened on august 31st and september 1st, 2010. today that's what the president said is going to happen this spring in afghanistan. that's same transition. the president announced a newly sped up timetable for how the war will wind down in afghanistan. >> today we agree that as afghan forces take the lead and as president karzai announcing the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring. starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. training, advicing and assisting afgha
of their country. >> when president obama spoke that night, there were still 50,000 u.s. troops in iraq, and 50,000 americans stayed in iraq after that night for another 14 months until everyone finally left the following december, december 2011. but when the mission changed from a combat mission to the train, advise, assist mission, then it wasn't operation iraqi freedom anymore. it wasn't that same war. it was the way that war came to an end, and that's why it was worth interrupting "wipeout" and "ncis" that night and all the other 8:00 p.m. programing. and that's why it was worth -- at least for me i thought it was worth -- flying out to baghdad to be there for that historic ending as the combat mission ended. that was what happened on august 31st and september 1st, 2010. and today that's what the president said is going to happen this spring in afghanistan, that same transition. in a surprise announcement, the president today announced a newly sped-up timetable for how the war is going to wind down in afghanistan. >> today we agreed that as afghan forces take the lead, and as president karz
that the american people have the choice, the better choice for the american people or the flunky such as president obama and the reason he said president obama is a low-key was because he could not deliver on a simple statement that he was going to close guantanamo bay. listening to you it is a little bit murky. i am not sure whether you are concerned about the civil-rights of the prisoners or fact that guantanamo bay itself is something that the u.s. should not be open, the german gentleman. my question is which is it? closing guantanamo bay or giving justice to the people and the 186 people or? when you going to backtrack everybody loses track of the issue. >> i don't understand the distinction. to give justice to people, it is done just to hold people indefinitely without hearings and guantanamo is as simple as that and you have to get them out and get them out of there. >> i don't want to get in an argument. >> you are right about the cost, not just economic costs that you put a dollar figure on but the cost to america, the intangible costs. we saw that not long ago. abu hamza who was extradit
to the values americans hold and we need to persuade president obama it's not enough for him to not to be revisiting his promise and trying to fulfill it, bought it's proved to be politically difficult. it's his second term. the wisdom in the united states is that you don't let somebody have more than two terms as president, and the united kingdom -- we run into trouble win we have let prime ministers have a third term. they were all barking nadal by the end of -- barking mad by the end of two if they're not already. but president obama as an eye on his legacy. he has an eye on his legacy. he knows what happens in the second term will decide how he is viewed by history, and these guys -- all of these people in important positions want the history books to record they were good people. bush, cheney and rumsfeld still want the history books to say a terrible thing happened and these people took a robust approach to take care of things and with the help of people like katherine bigelow they are saying that it was necessary. president obama knows that he will be judged on what ha
to zero. being there was still dangerous and we had some americans killed and some americans wounded in that last year of being there after the change in mission. and this is what ended it. president obama saying today it will still be a dangerous environment. we will still need to do force protection, but the mission will change this is how we start to leave and it will happen as of this spring which is a surprise. faster than anybody said it would happen. now, the justification for speeding up the way out, i have to admit, is a little holey. holey with an "e," not ah. this is because of the progress that's been made in terms of after began security forces, capacity to take the lead. i don't really know anything about the strength of afghan security forces and neither do you, unless you are just back from the war, which case, welcome home. but the pentagon's report to congress on that subject which reportedly was ready before the election this year, but did not get released until after the election for some reason, the official u.s. pentagon report on the readiness of afghan securit
the governor of a few things that may make him and american voters think twice. dear governor kris tchristie, ie melissa. you are having a moment. when you puts a side partisan politics aside to praise president obama, and to the kick in the pants of john boehner, it seems that you are the voice of america's frustration with washington, and as a resident of a city who knows all too well to rebuild in the wake of catastrophe i know that the people of new jersey are grateful to have you as a champion and you can e tell by the 73% approval rating and even more impressive as governor of a blue state, you get 62% approval of the democrats and 70% of women and 69% among people of color which makes you a shoe in for re-election this year, and no doubt all of the love has you feeling like it is all aboard the christie train and next stop the white house. but i need you the pump the brake, because your ability to lead people through the aftermath of a disaster is important, but it does not qualify you to be president of the united states. just ask rudy giuliani, and the "time" magazine line had it ri
the country in larger numbers starting this spring. american troops will remain in a support role. but obama says that the u.s. war in the country will be over by next year. >> for a second day, protesters and pakistan are using the bodies of people killed in an explosion to block a main road. the protesters are demanding better security in the wake of thursday's attack. twin blast near a bill is called in the southwest city inketta killed 86 people. that includes children, police, a journalist and rescuers who pressed to respond to the first attack. police believe a nearby security checkpoint was the intended target. shee-ite protesters say that date will keep the bodies in the roadway until the country's army and dismisses the city's poor been sealed government. >> people in the chinese capital city of bay-jing are being warned to stay indoors today because of air pollution. there is considered good to breathe when levels of particulates are at 50 or below. chinese scientists say that right now the air quality in many parts of bay-jing is now the air quality in many parts of bay-jing is f
: immigration reform, on republic-- >> and he has been a prominent cuban-american politician, came out two years ago, and he's slowly moved into immigration. he now says he's willing to take up president obama's challenge to do something about immigration, but proposing a series of bills to overhaul the guess worker program and the most-- and hardest thing of all, about the undocumented immigrants. >> paul: thanks, matt. >> a big hit to journalists in china, we talk about courage in journalism. these guys are courageous and responded to censorship by the communist party going on strike and communist party relented and they're going back to their jobs and maybe progress for press freedom in china. >> paul: and maybe not all end up in prison, we have to hope. thanks to my panel and all of you for watching, i'm paul gigot, we hope to see you right here next week. >> on fox news watch. >> shoot him again! shoot him!. >> jon: a mother of two shoots a man who invaded her home. >> we believe that the shotgun came from his residence. >> jon: a teen takes a shotgun to school, allegedly targeting two bul
violations and president obama sign it. in retaliation, the russians signed a bill that prevents american families from adopting russian children. vladimir putin was quite angry about this bill that was passed regarding guantÁnamo. so we wasted an awful lot of money and credibility. it seems like at thistime, letting your sentiment, it has become more of it making sense or not. we have people that have been talking about how guantÁnamo will remain open. there was a pool out last week saying that 97% of the american public approves guantÁnamo, but also which did you have a more favorable opinion of, congress or a number of choices? congress reined behind a root canal and headlights that ahead of gonorrhea and also the kardashians. [laughter] there has been a lot going on for the last 11 years. the senate was deferred because khalid sheikh mohammed cooperated with the government. so it has failed time and time and time again. we have recently had the dc circuit, which is terrible at times. the same court on that service, saying that it is not in international events. looking at general m
never imagined beyond all your success that you would sitting on air force one with an african-american president on your way to st. louis with president barack obama. what kind of experience was that? >> well, leading up to that i met him in san francisco. he was doing a book tour. one of my lawyers said we got a guy who is going to be president. i said no way. i don't think so, man. anyway, he was going a bookstore. he said, when you get to chicago i would like to have a little talk with you. so when i get to chicago i call him on the phone. he came and he spent an hour with me at the hotel that he was staying at. he said--he didn't even tell me he was running. i found out later that he was running for president. i doesn't think he had a chance to be president. so now when i he got in to be president i asked jeff, could you ask the president the only thing i haven't been on is air force one. so the white house called me, as you well know. they said, you have clearance to go on air force one. but you have to go to detroit. so i had to fly to detroit. stay overnight. get up at 4:00 in t
who has served at the treasury department under clinton and obama. is great to see you again. jack lew claim to fame to create a surplus bet americans are up in arms? >> nobody has a better resonate and jack lew who was an aide to tip o'neill during the reform of social security. republicans are really just playing partisan. lori: over the last three years ago with budget director u.s. has run deficits over $8 trillion per year in that rate is of contention with criticism. >> a lot of that's is more partisan fear than reality. one interview that he did when the president proposes budget that spending on government programs would balance with the revenues to equalize. their rubies smaller running deficits but that was the course scope and size issue. they said it is semantics but that is not the case. lori: do they not like him because he is a tough negotiator? >> that is part of it. >> except john kerry every nomination is criticized even in hagel is not good enough. so the backdrop of the obama was working in with a first term and dynamics were different but that was a solid choice an
you. >> america described it as the final chapter in afghanistan. president obama downsized out of the ambitions, winding down the war that is increasingly unpopular at home. this is not the final chapter. that is just that americans have grown wary about spending the money and spilling the blood. >>> for more on the future of the u.s. mission, i spoke a short time ago with the former u.s. ambassador to afghanistan. ambassador, thank you very much for coming in. president obama says that things are going so well he can actually speed up the transition. are the afghan security forces really ready to take over in the spring or is this more a matter of expediency for both countries? >> i think this has been a good summit reaching compromises of the two leaders and it is a good foundation for moving forward, but there are a lot of details to still be worked out to see whether some of the assumptions made, how they will pan out in reality. one of those is the performance of the afghan security forces as they take the lead overall and the country and the u.s. moves to a support role.
, the center for american progress and larry pratt with the gun owners of america. >> arthel: president obama moving forward with the transition in afghanistan after meeting with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house. the pair discussing ways to wind down the u.s. military presence there as the american mission officially ends in 2014. in his weekly address, the president announcing there will be less u.s. troops there starting this spring, as it's time for the u.s. to focus more on building its own nation. >> this year will mark another milestone. afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country. by the end of next year, 2014, the transition will be complete. afghan also have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to a responsible end. >> arthel: let's go to molly henneberg live in washington with more on this story. hi, molly. >> hi. in order to bring the war to that responsible end, though, according to some republicans, the u.s. has to make sure that al-qaeda won't be able to move back into afghanistan. >> i think all americans want
in the plan to pull out american troops out of afghanistan. president obama and afghanistan president hamid karzai met yesterday and announced withdrawal of american forces. >> by next year 2014 the mission will be complete. afghans will have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to a responsible end. >> numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it's the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. >> nbc's reporter joins me now in studio. she had an exclusive interview with hamid karzai last month. with a welcome to you. the statements, what do you think it reflects? what's the temperament? is it that the u.s. wants to get out or is there a situation that's better in afghanistan allowing us to leave? >> well, from what i saw with the conversations and the press conference with both president karzai and president obama, it's that america wants to leave and the afghans really do want america to leave. they want to stand on their own two feet. but whether they're ready to stand on their own
. he was stripped of his seen tour de france titles last year. >>> and american troops fighting the war in afghanistan could be coming home sooner than expected. president obama, joined by afghan president hamid karzai in washington, d.c. on friday, announced they will speed up the transition to afghan forces taking the lead in fighting the taliban. that will happened by this spring. abc's muhammad lila joins us with more from a military base in kabul. good morning, muhammad. >> reporter: good morning, ron. this is one of the military bases that will, no doubt, be affected as the u.s. military continues to wind down its presence here in afghanistan. here's what the announcement means. for the most part, american and afghan soldiers have been fighting the taliban, side-by-side, in the mountains, in the valleys, wherever the taliban are hiding. that is now changing. as of this spring, it's afghan soldiers that will be in the lead. they will be the ones initiating the combat with the taliban. the american soldiers will be here to advise and assist when they are requested to. the big test o
or injury. of americans fighting to build for themselves, a nation in which no one is a second class citizen, in which no one is denied their rights. >> that was president obama speaking at the human rights campaign dinner in 2009. this week, jean manford, the founder of parents, friends and families of lesbians and gays passed away, she was 92 years old. and everybody cried, including me, on tv. like usual. >>> out of afghanistan, u.s. troops will leave that country faster than expected. but is it mission accomplished? a new way to avoid the debt ceiling. hear what senate democrats are telling the president to do today. >>> fighting the flu. the illness has now reached epidemic levels in the u.s. is it slowing down? >>> signature moment. how comics are taking on jacob lew's unique, to say the least, scrawl of his name. good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." what's happening out there. after meeting with the president of afghanistan, president obama sharing new details this morning on how he plans to end the u.s. involvement there. >> this remains a very difficult miss
. of americans fighting to build for themselves, a nation in which no one is a second class citizen, in which no one is denied their rights. >> that was president obama speaking at the human rights campaign dinner in 2009. this week, jean manford, the families of parents, families, friends of lesbians and gays passed away, she was 92 years old. and everybody cried, including me on tv. >>> we're going into nut country. let's play "hardball"! ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this, paranoid america is climbing out of its bunker. the near possibility that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carnage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shotguns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the
tv. >> caller: thank you for taking my call. the african-american community is conflicted as to what president obama has done to address our economic concerns and i see your book time on the cross, does this book give any basis as to why african-americans seem to do the worst during times of economic distress? >> host: i don't think they wrote a book called "time on the cross". >> guest: it was on the list. i will explain this. this was a book done by -- let's go back. literature is filled with references to lawyers. :all the lawyers and all of that from shakespeare forward, everybody wants to do in the lawyers and i am sympathetic to that. but the one at the top of my list is not lawyers but economists who i think of them more harm to this country than any other single group. this particular book, after reading -- they applied economic models to slavery and determined that slavery was profitable. i am not sure where you go with that but tells us what people i think in, like academic circles. all of a sudden it is no longer mysterious that if you have a plantation full of slaves you can run it
prove they can take on the taliban without american support, it could mean that the 66,000 american troops that are currently stationed here, could be headed home sooner than scheduled. ron? >> thanks, muhammad. muhammad lila reporting from afghanistan. >>> and president obama will award the congressional medal of honor to former staff sergeant clinton romisha. he helped recovered the bodies of fallen soldiers. he'll be the fourth living recipient of the award from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> and a bus driver in seattle is being hailed as a hero this morning. his commuter bus burst into flames during the morning commute. he stopped in the express lane and moved everyone from the bus, safely away from the flames and smoke. no one was injured. >>> another strange sight on the highway. a racehorse in maryland, making a run for it. tossing his jockey and escaping. another jockey shot this video on his phone, while chasing down the thoroughbred. people do all kinds of things to shoot video in action. the horse was galloping about 30 miles per hour. finally slowed down and was c
to the white house yesterday, announcing an agreement with president obama. according to that new deal, starting this spring, the mission of americans will be to train, advise, and assist. >> the reason we went to war in the first place is now within reach, ensuring that al-qaeda can never again use afghanistan to launch attacks against america. >> in this morning's weekly address, president obama discussed how he'll end the 11- year-long war in afghanistan. in the coming months, he'll announce the next phase of the u.s. troop drawdown. most, if not all american forces should be up by december 2014. more than 2000 americans have died in the afghan war. >>> the air force is preparing for stringent cutbacks if congress can't agree on a budget by march. the air force says noncritical flights will be grounded from late july through september, including air show improvements, base improvements cut back by 50% and widespread civilian furloughs will be instituted. the air force employs about 330,000 active duty service members and 143,000 civilians. >>> the navy is looking into whether all sa
in afghanistan is america longest war. and today president obama afghan president karzai announce accelerated time line for afghan forces to take the lead on security. >> starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. training. advising. assisting afghan forces. >> american forces will be no longer present in afghan village. >>reporter: by the end of 2014 afghan forces will be expected to take full responsibility for their nation security. what happens after that is still up in the air. 66,000 u.s. traps remain in afghanistan and president obama said today they will fight alongside afghan forces as needed. but the administration has made it mostly clear it wants to get out at quickly as possible. today mr. 0many obama said 2 key goal at the end of 2014 is training and assisting afghan forces an targeted counter terrorism missions against al qaeda. u.s. afghan officials ongoing discussion about how to coordinate on that. while maintaining afghan authority. >> it's our hope that we can reach an agreement this year. >>reporter: but there are sticking points including p
there will be no americans fighting. the question is how many troops are going to stay behind. president obama hasn't decided yet. but right now what you're talking about is it looks like the afghan government can kind of hold the cities. the taliban are in a lot of places in the countryside. so, again, it's going to be how well can the afghan army do when we're not around in any great numbers. and, again, when everything looks good on paper, it always does. it's just, you know earlier -- last year i went to a number of the places where the americans and afghans were fighting together, and, you know when you're in kabul and when you're in washington everything sounds great. but when you get out there in the field, it doesn't always look as good. >> all right. dexter filkins, thank you. >>> disgraced cyclist lance armstrong is expected to confess to doping earlier in his career. he'll make a confession during a taped interview with oprah winfrey that will air on thursday. he was stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned for life from the sport for using performan
. >> reporter: president obama said after 11 careers careers -- years of war it's time for afghans to do their own fighting. he added the pace of troop withdraw is not yet set but most if not all american forces will be out by december 2014. >>> in other news of the world tonight in the western african nation of mali, forced opened fire. france said it was coming to the aid of soldiers. the militants are taking control of large parts of mali in recent months. >>> survivors of the contra concordia were told not to come to the anniversary. the owner said the problem is there isn't enough room on the island to accommodate the survivors. instead the day is being reserved for families of the 32 people who tide one year ago. >>> and in russia, scientists say an erupting volcano is forming a lake of molten lava. officials may be in danger from the lava and poison gases spewing out. scientists aren monitoring the eruption around the clock. that volcano is located in russia's far eastern peninsula and had been dormant for 40 years. >>> a judge is giving the suspected gunman in the aurora colorado
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